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A Young Woman's Fantasy in The Turn of the Screw - A Young Woman's Fantasy in The Turn of the Screw     The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, is an odd story about a young woman who, leaving her small country home for the first time, takes a job as a governess in a wealthy household.  Shortly after her arrival, she begins to suffer from insomnia and fancies that she sees ghosts roaming about the grounds.  James is a master story-teller and, at times, the complexities of the story make it difficult to follow.  The Turn of the Screw is a story within a story, the tale of the governess being read aloud as a ghost story among friends.  Harold C....   [tags: Henry James Turn Screw Essays]
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Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Fantasy and Dream work in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The silent expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exposes psychological guilt and insanity through the main character's fantasies and delusions. This character, Francis, brings the viewer into a nightmarish world through his story-telling. He recounts the story of the mad Dr. Caligari and the somnambulist Cesare who is under his control. The doctor's arrival in Francis' hometown results in a string of murders, the death of his best friend Alan and the kidnapping of his beloved fiancée Jane....   [tags: Cabinet Film Caligari Essays Papers]
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Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire 'A Streetcar Named Desire', by Tennessee Williams, explores many important themes and issues in the book. The main theme Williams investigates and explores to the audience, is illusion and fantasy. Each character in the book contributes to creating, adding to and destructing fantasies and illusions, and I feel it is a very important theme in the book, as it represents and symbolises other issues Williams explores with the audience....   [tags: Themes Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 2300 words
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Science Fiction and Fantasy - ... At the end humans were no more than red, crab-like creatures. As the world slowly loses its energy the earth stops moving, the sun dies, the winds cease. Wells did not just hypothesize of more unavoidable consequence that occurred as time passed. He also brought up a critique of capitalism and issued a warning to his readers. Wells, writing from a time of Industrial Revolution, portrayed his future Earth as divided into two societies. As the Time Traveler theorizes, the working class had been for so long been pushed underground that it eventually evolved into a new laboring, nocturnal species....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Definitions, Functions] 1587 words
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Contrast of Irony and Style in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Contrast of Irony and Style in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour    Kate Chopin's use of irony in her short story, "The Story of an Hour," stands in direct contrast to the subtle manner in which she tells the story. Strong use of irony in a short story yields more honesty in a character. She achieves this quality by immediately setting the premise, that Mrs. Mallard's fragile health would ultimately lead to her demise, upon receiving the news of her husband's death. Before an immediate assumption can be made about Mrs....   [tags: Story Hour essays Kate Chopin Papers]
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The Role of Fantasy in James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - The Role of Fantasy in James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber tells the story of a henpecked old man who escapes his monotonous life with frequent excursions to fantasy. In the real world, he is a forgetful old man who must obey his wife's every whim. But, in his fantasies, Walter Mitty is intelligent, brave, and the epitome of manliness. He makes up for the characteristics he lacks in the real world through the heroic characters he embodies in his fantasies....   [tags: Secret Life Walter Mitty Essays]
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From Childhood to Adulthood in Fantasy Fictions. - "Many 20th century fantasies for children explore the journey from childhood to adulthood in metaphoric terms." A Discussion "Fantasy is literature for teenagers" Brian Aldiss (quoted in Alternate Worlds in Fantasy Fiction, 2001) In Alternate Worlds in Fantasy Fiction, Peter Hunt questions the credibility of fantasy fiction within the literary world, and suggests it is a marginalized literary form. Although opinions vary on the subject, many are of the consensus that fantasy is "formulaic, childish and escapist", without giving credit to its invaluable scope as a device to covertly reach adolescents....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 2064 words
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J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator Of The Modern Fantasy - J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of the Modern Fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien was born in South Africa, although he considered himself a British man throughout his adulthood. He experienced World War I firsthand in the trenches. He was a professor of Old English and other archaic languages and had a strong love for such languages. Tolkien also felt a strong tie for his homeland, England, and desired to create mythology for England....   [tags: Tolkien Writer Biography] 1918 words
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An essay on different genres including the Ghost genre and the Fantasy - An essay on different genres including the Ghost genre and the Fantasy & Adventure genre I have chosen two completely different genres to base my essay on. Firstly, I have the mysterious and gripping Ghost Genre; the books I have studied are “The Woman in Black”, “The Langoliers” and the spooky film, “The Others”. The second genre is Fantasy & Adventure. The book I am studying is “Lirael”, a recent book written by Australian author Garth Nix. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring”, directed by Peter Jackson is the film that I am analysing....   [tags: English Literature] 2188 words
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Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story - Coppola's Interpretation of Dracula as a Love Story       The protagonist and story of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula have been widely interpreted and adapted in films throughout many years. Despite almost a century of time since the initial publication, Dracula has maintained its ability to frighten and mesmerize readers. Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula; however, utilizes the erotic romance of the original novel in order to depict a tragic love story. The film accurately follows the general plot of the novel, yet presents the characters in a unique manner that provides for a different appreciation of the characters....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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The Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - ... During the time of the book’s release President Clinton was concerned about Osama bin Laden as a potential threat against the people of America. Clinton warns is successor, Bush, about the threat of bin Laden. Similar to Eddard, Bush does not address the issue and years later Osama bin Laden is found responsible for 9-11. Readers during this era could understand this issue and even relate to the matter. American’s during these years would find the book very relatable; however, The Game of Thrones did not gain popularity until very recently....   [tags: genre, high fantasy]
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Love in "The Wedding Story" and "I Do Not Love.." - Love can be defined in many different words. It can be used as a noun, a verb, and sometimes even an adjective. One of the many definitions of love states, "a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. The Wedding Story by Julianna Homokay and I Do Not Love.. by Pablo Neruda both express the use of love in unconventional ways. While The Wedding Story expresses a fictional kind of love, I Do Not Love.. is more of a realistic expression and they both reserve readers to the edge of their seat until the end is read....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1391 words
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Stephen King, A Voice in the Dark - ... She encouraged him to go on with the story. Then in 1971, a publishing company, Doubleday, came along and decided to publish the book, giving King a $2,500 advance. The books seemed to fly off the shelves, and the movie, released in 1976, was also popular. However, before that in 1973, The King family, received a call from Doubleday. They had sold the rights to Carrie to New American Library for $400,000. King was to receive half of the deal. To celebrate, funny enough, King bought Tabitha a Hairdryer that day....   [tags: horror stories, writing, fantasy novels] 1794 words
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The Historical Perspectives and Trends of Children's Literature - ... Race and ethnicity have been written into books, something that was unheard of in previous centuries. Although new books have been written, the classics have remained just that: classics. I love that in years to come children growing up now will be saying the same about the books they are currently enjoying. Now in the 21st century, children have even more ways to read. Magazines, computers, and technology for children such as Leapfrog have been created so children have other forms of learning how to read....   [tags: children's entertainment, story telling]
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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill - Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill There will be many obstacles in life that are too hard for the average human to deal with, but it is how well the obstacles are dealt with that will make a difference. If the obstacles are handled properly, it could have positive effects; however, if they are handled poorly, it could diminish happiness. Katherine Mansfield's short story, "Miss Brill," uses symbol, plot, character, and point of view, to reveal the theme that creating an alternate reality through the lives of other people will not relieve loneliness....   [tags: Mansfield Miss Brill Short Story] 1509 words
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The Neverending Story: A Classic Novel - The Neverending Story: A Classic Novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende perfectly draws the image of a successful novel because it’s overall effect on the reader is intimate and it recognizes itself as a different novel from others especially using a metaphor of stories giving birth to other stories. Considered as a children’s novel, it should be given a chance to prove itself in the realm of other such intelligent novels. The novel expands this idea that stories are a result of other stories, it resembles the monomyth cycle for a simplified and similar understanding of its complex aspects and it finally reminds the reader of belonging and loving needs....   [tags: Neverending Story] 1597 words
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Review of A Cinderella Story - Many traditional fairy tales have been remade into Hollywood movies. The fairy tale of Cinderella has been produced in movies many times like Ever After (1998) and A Cinderella Story (2004). A Cinderella Story (2004) has an interesting storyline, cast, themes, and appeals to teenagers and young adults. The movie begins as Sam narrating how she is in a far away kingdom with a beautiful little girl with her “weirdo” father. Then Sam clarifies that this was not “long ago” and “not a really far away kingdom;” they are in the San Fernando Valley....   [tags: Cinderella Story, movies, ] 1555 words
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Freedom and Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour - Freedom and The Story Of An Hour       When I first read Kate Chopin's "The Story Of An Hour", my instinctual response was to sympathize with the character of Mrs. Mallard.  This seemed to me to have been intended by the author because the story follows her emotional path from the original shock upon hearing of her husband's supposed death to her gradual acceptance of the joy she feels in anticipating her new freedom to the irony of her own sudden death.  However, one fact cannot be overlooked when judging my personal reaction to this piece....   [tags: Story Hour essays]
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Essay on Setting in Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Elements of Setting in Kate Chopin's Short Story, "The Story of an Hour" Setting exists in every form of fiction, representing elements of time, place, and social context throughout the work. These elements can create particular moods, character qualities, or features of theme. Throughout Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour," differing amounts and types of the setting are revealed as the plot develops. This story deals with a young woman's emotional state as she discovers her own independence in her husband's death, then her "tragic" discovery that he is actually alive....   [tags: Story Hour Essays]
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A Post-Structuralist Take: Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener: A story of Wall-Steet - ... The initial assumption of this type of answer to a boss’s request is insubordination, or an unwillingness to do a job that is required of him , but then Bartleby never outright refuses to do anything , he merely states his preference to not do it. The word “would” is a world that essentially leaves room for interpretation; it is a conditional word, one that often is used in the past terms of the word will. “Prefer” on the other hand is a word dealing with the idea of preference, an action of choosing or being given the choice....   [tags: Story Analysis, Employee Relationship]
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Marital Oppression In The Story Of An Hour by Kate Chopin - In "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, we are introduced to Mrs. Mallard. She is portrayed an unloving, heartless, woman who is overjoyed by the passing of her husband-— or at least that is the common misconception. Mrs. Mallard although perceived as inhuman, is actually more human than most would like to believe. While her actions may seem questionable or even to be condemned, they are hardly unthinkable in light of the issues involving marriage and the woman's role throughout history. The story itself presents a valid argument in favor of Louise as she is portrayed as the oppressed wife finally set free after her husband's death....   [tags: Chopin Story Hour Analysis, misogyny, feminism]
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Exploring Fantasy Films - Exploring Fantasy Films ‘One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them’. This line sounds stereotypically from a fantasy film, and it would perhaps not fit in to other genres such as comedy or romance. Fantasy films often take us in to a different world and away from the imperfections of our normal life, they are a great contrast to our lives, in fantasy films things are always extremes, either great things are happening, or extremely bad things are occurring; whereas for the everyday person, such things rarely happen and life is just monotonous....   [tags: Papers] 2089 words
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Mrs Mallard's Experience of Freedom in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - Mrs Mallard's Experience of Freedom in The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin In "The Story of an Hour", Mrs Mallard, who has a heart attack is the main protagonist. Like any ordinary women, she is a normal housewife who depends on her husband. The news of her husband's death gives her freedom and sets her free from restraints, marriage and a lifetime of dependency. Kate Chopin uses several techniques to create the image of how freedom affects Mrs Mallard. At first, Mrs Mallard is shocked by the news which is shown in "She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms." and "When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone." These describe her immediate response and tell that she is so shaken by the news that she weeps at once and goes away alone....   [tags: Kate Chopin Story Hour Essays ]
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Bellamy's Looking Backward: Utopia or Fantasy? - Bellamy's Looking Backward: Utopia or Fantasy?               Although Edward Bellamy's twentieth century society in Looking Backward appears to be the perfect utopia, it could never exist. The very factors that Bellamy claimed contributed to the society's establishment and success are, in reality, what would lead to its failure. The twentieth century society lacked the possibility for advancements in technology while at the same time lacking competition and appropriate incentives. Even if we ignore these faults, we observe that when Bellamy created his society for Looking Backward, he made several false assumptions about human behavior and failed to realize that the only way his society could be imposed would be involuntarily....   [tags: Looking Backward Essays]
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Irony in Tim O’Brien’s How to Tell a True War Story - Irony in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” “This is true.” (O’Brien, 420) – with this simple statement which also represents a first, three-word introductory paragraph to Tim O’Brien’s short story, “How to Tell a True War Story”, the author reveals the main problem of what will follow. “Truth” – when looked up in a dictionary, we would probably find definitions similar to sincerity and honesty on the one hand, and correctness, accuracy or reality on the other hand. When looking at these definitions, one can make out two groups of meaning: While sincerity and honesty are very subjective, correctness or accuracy are supposed to be objective by nature....   [tags: How to Tell a True War Story Tim O'Brien Essays]
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Symbolic Convergence in Gossip Girl: The Fantasy of the “In Crowd” - From high school girls desperately trying to be one of cool kids in school to corporate warriors rubbing elbows for that next promotion, nearly everyone has fantasized about being a part of the “in crowd”. What is it that makes the bonds and barriers of “in crowd” so unbreakable. Through sharing stories and reaching conclusions through discussion of those stories, members of small groups develop a common bond that shapes their social reality. An example of this bond is prominent in the CW’s hit show, Gossip Girl, which focuses on the world of high society elite at a private high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Seeing Ourselves: An Analysis of Ideology and Fantasy in Popular Advertising - Seeing Ourselves: An Analysis of Ideology and Fantasy in Popular Advertising In the arena of advertising in modern Western society, the consumer can become numb from over-saturation. Advertising stretches over all forms of media, with independence that critic Judith Williamson says intentionally reflects our own human reality (Lord, 263). Advertising becomes a natural presence for consumers; it overwhelms us until we stop trying to understand and decode the images and slogans presented to us. In "The Rhetoric of the Image", critic Roland Barthes uses particular advertising images as dissection models to systematically extract the meaning of cultural codes....   [tags: Advertising Media Commericals Essays] 2642 words
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Have A Jolly Ol' One: A Story About a Santa on the Streets of New York - THE MISTLETOE HUNG OVER THE DOORS of the many deprived of undying agreement when it was such a night as that one. The night when the children dared to walk down the laughing stairways that exhausted its ruth and compelled its laughter under a child’s tip-toe. These nights, this moonlight made it all an ordinary occurrence, despite the dirty egg nog and rotten rum. The many Santa Clauses stood on the cold, capacious street corners under dim, mellow streetlights, sounding bells as the dwellers dwelled through the glorious twilight....   [tags: creative writing, short story] 1724 words
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Elements of The Lord of the Rings in Final Fantasy VIII - Elements of The Lord of the Rings in Final Fantasy VIII       J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is arguably the most influential work of fantasy literature in modern times. Its epic tale of good against evil and its surreal world of magical and unusual characters and places have captured and enchanted readers since its publication half a century ago. The story of the struggle to destroy the One Ring still influences numerous tales of adventure in literature, film, and role-playing games....   [tags: Lord Rings Essays]
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Fantasy vs. Reality in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace - Fantasy vs. Reality in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace is, on the surface, the story of a wayward college professor, Dr. David Lurie, who is aging into a disrespectful decline. But this story tells of not only the strife and wrenching change that exist in the microcosm of Lurie's mind, but also the parallel themes that underlie the social, political, and ethical systems that are the reality of present day South Africa. As David Lurie interacts with people and creatures outside his normal milieu, the fault lines between his myopic view of the world and reality begin to crystallize with a disconcerting clarity....   [tags: Coetzee Disgrace Essays]
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The Hero’s Journey: Explicably Defined in Science Fiction Fantasy - ... This is where the hero transforms, just as Jonah did when he learned to accept things for what they were, in the bible story of Jonah and the Whale. This is the lowest point of the hero’s journey and they are beaten down mentally, and/or physically. The Hero’s Journey: Initiation The hero’s journey continues with the stage of initiation. Initiation involves the first step of facing the road of trials. This is often the most popular sequence in a story, often times myths, because the hero has to face challenge after challenge to succeed and press forth, and the achievement is a great feat for the hero at the end of the challenges (Ubelhor n.p.)....   [tags: Ekaterina Sedia, House of Discarded Dreams]
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Hobbit: From Children's Story to Mythic Creation - Hobbit: From Children's Story to Mythic Creation "Mr. Baggins began as a comic tale among conventional and inconsistent fairy-tale dwarves, and got drawn into the edge of it - so that even Sauron the terrible peeped over the edge." -J.R.R Tolkien, letter to his publisher (quoted in Carpenter 1977, 182). The Hobbit started as little more than a bedtime story for Tolkien's children. Like most of his fellow academics, Tolkien viewed fantasy as limited to childhood. The result was a book written in a chatty, informal style that contrasts sharply with that of its serious successors....   [tags: Literature Fiction Papers]
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Social Commentary in Chopin's The Story of an Hour - Social Commentary in Chopin's The Story of an Hour IN "The Story of an Hour," Kate Chopin tells the tale of a woman who learns of her husband's untimely death, seeks solitude in which she proceeds to reflect upon this incident and its implications, has a life-altering/-giving epiphany, and proceeds to have all of the fresh hope and elation that had accompanied this experience dashed when her supposedly dead husband appears alive and well at her door, thereby inducing her sudden death. Read in isolation, it seems as if this is merely a detailed account of one woman's reaction to the death of her husband and, on a basic and concrete level, it is....   [tags: Chopin Story of An Hour Essays]
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Compare and Contrast Women in The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour - Compare and Contrast Women Characters in The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour       Women have traditionally been known as the less dominant sex.  Through history women have fought for equal rights and freedom.  They have been stereotyped as being housewives, and bearers and nurturers of the children.  Only recently with the push of the Equal Rights Amendment have women had a strong hold on the workplace alongside men.  Many interesting characters in literature are conceived from the tension women have faced with men.  This tension is derived from men; society, in general; and within a woman herself.  Two interesting short stories, “The  Yellow Wall-paper and “The Story of an Hour, “ focus on a woman’s plight near the turn of the 19th century.  This era is especially interesting because it is a time in modern society when women were still treated as second class citizens.  The two main characters in these stories show similarities, but they are also remarkably different in the ways they deal with their problems and life in general.  These two characters will be examined to note the commonalities and differences.  Although the two characters are similar in some ways, it will be shown that the woman in the “The Story of an Hour” is a stronger character based on the two important criteria of rationality and freedom....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper Story of an Hour]
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The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom! - The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom!        Four years after the publication of the first edition of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Wallace Stevens described a modern aesthetic form which necessarily acted against its own status as a (fixed) form1. "What will [temporarily] suffice" in "Modern Poetry" would replace, as the mind's object, what is--or, perhaps more faithfully to the modernist vision, what used to be. The poem of the motion of the mind in time would replace the poem of permanent meaning....   [tags: Absalom Absalom Essays]
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Constructing Fantasy in Hitchcock's Vertigo - Constructing Fantasy in Hitchcock's Vertigo The amount of critical analysis surrounding Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is itself dizzying, but as the film has recently been restored, it seems appropriate to provide it with a fresh critical reading. The purpose of this paper then, is to draw this film out of the past with a reading that offers not only a new way of understanding it, but a close look at the culture that produced it. Specifically, Vertigo offers its most exciting ideas when contextualized in a culture of consumerism....   [tags: Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo Essays]
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C.S. Lewis on Misunderstanding Fantasy - C.S. Lewis on Misunderstanding Fantasy “Good stories often introduce the marvelous or supernatural and nothing about Story has been so often misunderstood as this.” On Stories—C.S. Lewis The early decades of the last century saw the loss of credibility of fantasy literature among the academic elite who ruled it a popular genre with little to no scholarly merit. Little that had had the misfortune of being dubbed fantasy had escaped the blacklist cast upon the field. Many critics had also labeled the fantasy genre as largely cliché, full of shallow characters, and as having no value beyond being purely escapist entertainment....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Fantasy Dependence in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly - Fantasy Dependence in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly M. Butterfly, as its title suggests, is the reworking of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly. In Puccini’s opera, Lieutenant Pinkerton, a United Sates Navy officer, purchases the conjugal rights to Cio-Cio-San, a fifteen-yrear-old Japanese Geisha girl, for one hundred yen, and marries her with the convenient provision that each contract can be annulled on a monthly notice. Meanwhile, Pinkerton leaves Cio-Cio-San for the United States to marry an American girl, Kate....   [tags: Hwang M. Butterfly Essays]
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An Analysis of George Bataille's The Story of the Eye - An Analysis of George Bataille's The Story of the Eye ...awareness of the impossibility opens consciousness to all that is possible for it to think. In this gathering place, where violence is rife, at the boundary of that which escapes cohesion, he who reflects within cohesion realizes that there is no longer any room for him (Theory of Religion 10). When Georges Bataille first published The Story of the Eye in 1928, anonymously and "in a limited edition of 134 copies" (Lechte 118), he had been at the Bibliothèque Nationale in the department of numismatics for nearly six years....   [tags: Story Eye]
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Book III in Wang Shifu's The Story of the Western Wing - Book III in Wang Shifu's The Story of the Western Wing One of China’s most popular love comedies, The Story of the Western Wing (Xixiang Ji) by Wang Shifu (1250-1300) dramatizes a scholar-and-beauty romance. Zhang Sheng, a promising student, and Cui Yingying, a beautiful maiden, meet in a temple, fall in love at first sight and after a series of thwarted attempts, they end up happily marrying each other, after the student has passed the civil exam as the top one, of course. Among the five books of The Story of the Western Wing, Book III stands out in the very middle of the whole play with interesting characteristics in terms of both theatrical features and thematic complexity....   [tags: Wang Shifu The Story of the Western Wing]
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